WARRENSBURG -- Those who venture into the Warrensburg High School wrestling room this year a day before a meet are likely to see as much action as they will in the scholastic matchup.
This year, there will be a substantial number of wrestle-offs to see who gets to compete against the opposing school. Many lower- and medium-weight classes have as many as three talented wrestlers vying for the top position, Coach Mark Trapasso said this week.
"We almost ran out of uniforms this year," he said.
No less than 15 wrestlers are going to be competing to represent the Burghers in six weight classes," Trapasso said.
"Everybody wants the top spot," he said. "They'll all be pushing to get on the roster."
This considerable depth is more than the Burghers have possessed in recent history, and it bodes well for the team's prospects in their 2010-11 season.
Through the years, the Warrensburg wrestling team has had some legendary wrestlers who've captured headlines and fueled team and community pride. Who can forget Ryan Black, Mason Hamilton, Logan Rock, Zack and Nate Montforte, Phil McLaughlin, Karl Duell, Lenny Baker, Anthony Powers, or Troy, Leighen, or Josh Beadnell?
Last year was the senior year for standouts Abby Roth, Donovan Santisteban, Cole Tennant, Logan Winter and Chris Turner, who provided plenty of memorable action.
Roth, of course, was the wrestler who broke the gender barrier with her quick, savvy moves, incredible work ethic and her admirable strength.
This year, it's a new regime for the program. While the superstars on the 2010-11 team have yet to emerge, the group's depth means the wrestlers will be pushing each other to the limit in practices. There's no doubt this year will produce its share of standout athletes.
Several of the top contenders include Junior Jon Vaisey and eighth-grader Aiden Szabo at 103 pounds, Senior Zach Baer at 152 pounds, Sophomore Beecher Baker at 112 pounds, Senior Masyn Morey at 119 pounds, plus Junior Chris Cupp at 130 pounds, Junior Andrew Fish and Sophomore Jerico Converse at 145 pounds, and Junior Lucas Nelson at 160 pounds, Junior Jeremy Barber at 171 pounds, and Senior Tony Auricchio at 285 pounds.